This 12-unit credential is for teachers working in private or charter schools, or for those teaching in public schools without access to an approved BTSA/induction program. The 2042 Clear Credential requires four 3-unit advanced courses to be taken after completion of the preliminary credential and can be completed in two semesters. If induction is verified as unavailable, as defined in regulation by an employer, then a clear credential program may be completed and candidates may apply to the California Commission on Credentialing (CTC) for the Clear Teaching Credential for the Ryan or 2042 credential. This coursework can be applied toward fulfillment of the Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning program.

Clear Teaching Credentials:

Clear Single Subject Credential
Clear Multiple Subject Credential

For currently employed teachers who hold a Preliminary California Teaching Credential and do not have access to a BTSA/induction program through their school districts.

Accreditation: WASC, CTC, NCATE

Expected Completion Time

2 semesters

Program FormatHybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
Mission Valley
Needed Units to Graduate


Program Start Date

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.


$610 (per unit) in San Diego & $595 (per unit) in Bakersfield for the 2016 - 2017 academic year

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Master of Education

The Center for Student Success and Career Development provides financial, academic, and career support for students, giving them the tools they need to be successful at PLNU and beyond.  

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Important Dates

Program Start Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Application Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - November 29, 2016
Quad II - February 7, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - April 3, 2017
Quad II - May 29, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - July 17, 2017
Quad II - September 11, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.


The Selection Process

To be admitted into PLNU's education program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript.

We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. 

While your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0 or higher, you may still be eligible for admission. Your application package and the exceptions policy for the program are key for the final determination of admission. Please contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

*Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  • Submit online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee—fee waived if applicant is one of the following: PLNU alum, current or former military and their dependents, or PLNU employee).
  • Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. *If you have higher degree work, transcripts may be submitted but only the baccalaureate transcripts are required.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to: 
      Point Loma Nazarene University 
      Office of Graduate Admissions 
      3900 Lomaland Dr. 
      San Diego, CA 92106
    • Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to: gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
  • Submit personal essay. The essay should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced. 
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years. 
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals. 
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools. 
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  • Provide two professional recommendations—you will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  • For credential seekers only: Submit basic skills exam (CBEST or equivalent) scores. This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam. 
    • OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination.
    • OR passage of the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination.
    • OR Proof of a Valid CA Teaching Credential.

Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for this program.

Financial Aid

The Center for Student Success and Career Development is committed to assist you throughout your educational journey. Your Student Success Advisor will walk you through your payment options, which may include federal student loans, grants, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, and the Tuition Installment Plan. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Success Advisor to learn about the financial opportunities available to you.

Types of Aid

Types of aid available for master’s degree students:

Potential sources of aid may include:

  • Federal student loans
  • Grants
  • Employer tuition reimbursement process
  • Military and veterans benefits
  • Tuition installment plan

Visit Graduate Student Financial Services for more information.

Still have questions? Our enrollment counselors are here to help.

List of Courses

GED 641 - Cultural Competence in a Pluralistic Society (3)

This course develops candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions regarding cultural competence and sensitivity inclusive of personal awareness, culturally inclusive instruction, culturally inclusive counseling, advocating for diverse populations across the lifespan, in roles that eliminate biases, creating culturally inclusive environments. (May be substituted for GED 609 Collaborative and Responsive Leadership.)

GED 668 - Advanced Practice for English Learners (3)

This course develops candidate knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the foundations of English language literacy development, content instruction, and understanding for communities with diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Candidates will develop an understanding of the process of English language literacy and content instruction development with an emphasis on Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) and English Language Development (ELD). Candidates will focus on the effective process of instructional planning and organization, components of effective instructional delivery, and the effective use of resources (CTEL 2 Domains 2 and 3).

GED 673 - Reflective Coaching Seminar (3)

This course is designed for candidates who are clearing their preliminary credential through a university option. Candidates participate in a reflective coaching with a site and university mentor and demonstrate advanced proficiency in content knowledge and pedagogy through PLNU formative assessments aligned with state-adopted content standards and the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). Candidates must hold a preliminary credential and be serving as the teacher of record as they complete the requirements for this course. The Reflective Coaching is in partial fulfillment of the Clear Credential. Graded Credit/No Credit.

GED 677 - Teaching Strategies for Special Populations (3)

This course builds on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experiences, and strategies acquired during preliminary preparation for teaching students with disabilities, English language learners, students who are gifted and talented, and students who are at risk in the general education classroom. Each candidate will practice delivery of comprehensive, specialized instruction for English learners, review and learn application principles for the statutory provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and become aware of any new, relevant statutory requirements.

Clear Multiple or Single Subject Credentials


San Diego 
Katherine MacMahon
Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2885

Stephanie Meier
(661) 377-4721
(866) 861-4723